It’s safe to say that working from home does have its benefits. But we’re seeing remote work becoming more and more popular. For all the benefits remote work provides both employee and employer, it can create a nasty habit of becoming a couch potato.
Namely, since we’re sitting at home all day long, it can put you out of shape and create an unhealthy lifestyle. So to help you out with this problem, we’re here to give you first-hand tips for staying active while working from home.
With all that said, let’s start.
Create A Daily Routine
Getting out of shape isn’t the only concern that remote work brings to the table. When working from home, it can be quite tempting to lie in bed all day long, wake up only to fall back asleep for a few hours, etc. If you want to make this work, then coming up with a consistent wake-up time and schedule is of utmost importance.
This is the first step. However, there are many more things you can do. For example, in your schedule, add times for your lunch and bathroom breaks. In your daily routine, you can also add stretching breaks just to beat the stiffness of sitting in front of your computer all day.
Exercise is key to staying active when working from home. Luckily for you, you have the whole house at your disposal. This means you’ll need to come up with creative ways to exercise without having to set up a home gym. If you do have space and passion to set up a home gym, then go for it. You can pick an empty room or perhaps even your garage. Make sure to fill this room with necessary equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells, resistant bands, and you can even get a treadmill for cardio exercises.
But considering that not everyone is into exercising, stretching activities will suffice. In that case, free up a space for a yoga mat as yoga can be very important in helping you stay active while working from home.
Walk ‘n’ Talk
Does your job involve being constantly on the phone? If so, a great way to stay active while talking to clients or business associates is to take walking calls. Walking is an excellent way to stay active when working from home. It loosens you up and gets your blood moving, which is two essential things in helping you with thinking and concentration.
If you don’t have to be on Zoom, then walking and talking is a great way to stay active.
Spend More Time in the Yard
Remote work does have its benefits, but it also has its drawbacks. But we’re finding all kinds of ways to overcome these drawbacks and turn them into more benefits. One drawback that remote work has going against itself is the fact that we’re forced to stay indoors on our computers.
Well, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore as we can easily turn the yard into our home office. Provided you have a laptop and a solid internet connection, you could very well use the comfort of your patio to work from the yard. Not only will you be outside in the sun, but you’ll also feel more productive than having to stay indoors.
Even if you don’t have any way of turning your yard into a home office, try to spend as much time as possible in it.
Schedule More Face-To-Face Meetings
While remote work does mean working from home, who said that you can’t have your business or team meetings outside, or face to face?
If your job involves meeting people over lunches, then remote work surely doesn’t work the same way as it would for a back-end software developer. But even if your job does involve meeting clients and new people, you don’t have to do it via Zoom. To stay active while working from home, make sure to schedule as many face-to-face team or client meetings. This way you’ll not only get out of the house for an hour or two, but you’ll loosen up and beat the stiffness of working from home.
Combine Work With Exercise
Is time an issue for you? Do you have a hard time figuring out how to work from home and exercise? A convenient solution would be to try and combine the two. Instead of sitting on your desk for the whole day, try to do stretching exercises whenever you can. Have the yoga mat nearby, along with a couple of dumbbells, and try to use them as much as you can.
Need to watch a video for your next task at work? Why not play it in the background while you sweat over the yoga mat. There are all kinds of creative solutions to this problem of yours. What’s important is to get into the mindset of combining fun exercises while working from home.
As remote work is getting more and more popular, it’s only a matter of time before we solve all the drawbacks that come with it. And one of those drawbacks is the fact that we need to sit on our chairs, starring at our monitors. The need to be more active while working from home is an issue that we’re slowly overcoming. And we hope that this article will help you do just that.